SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2014) — Singer/songwriter Sam Smith and hip-hop artistBig Sean (joining previously announced Ariana Grande) are the latest performers announced for "A Very GRAMMY® Christmas." Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host the new one-hour entertainment special, which will include performances of holiday songs and current pop hits, as well as artists sharing their favorite holiday and GRAMMY memories. Previously announced performers include nine-time GRAMMY winner Mary J. Blige, singer/songwriter Grande, three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams. "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" will air on Friday, Dec. 5, 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com and The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter,Facebook and Instagram.
In addition to performances, the nominations in the Album Of The Year category for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced during the broadcast of "A Very GRAMMY Christmas." Other nominations will be revealed the morning of Dec. 5, starting at 8:30 a.m. ET with four categories to be read live on "CBS This Morning." From 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET, various artists and celebrities will announce additional categories via videos posted to Twitter. At 2 p.m. ET, a list of nominations in 82 of 83 categories will be posted on GRAMMY.com, with a complete list of nominations and a final release posted at 10 p.m. ET following the announcement of Album Of The Year nominations on the one-hour special. Follow@theGRAMMYs or use hashtag #GRAMMYs to join the conversation as it unfolds Dec. 5.
The road to Music's Biggest Night® begins with "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" and culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Last year's airing of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" helped lead to stellar ratings for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which ultimately garnered more than 30 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also was the biggest social television event at the time, with 34 million social media interactions (with statistics compiled by Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter).
"A Very GRAMMY Christmas" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer. LL COOL J is co-producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join the GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.
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